Empire

I’m willing to bet there are hundreds – possibly even thousands – of more scholarly tomes on the subject of the British Empire. I'm afraid they’re not for me. Books packed with footnotes and quotes make reading them feel like homework; I always think I should be taking notes and getting ready for a test. …

Bomber

This description of 24 hours in 1943 and the experiences of those involved – German and British – in one RAF bombing raid of a small German town is so detailed, so meticulously researched, and so well-written, that you’re pulled right into all the lives and events described. Whether it’s the RAF crews collecting their …

Raising Hell

I saw Ken Russell’s film The Devils when it first came out, in 1971, and it knocked my teenage self for six.  It still does, so any chance to read anything at all about it is more than welcome. But packed as this is with interviews with cast members – living and dead – and …